ESPN’s Max Kellerman Draws Fire For “No One Really Cares About Hockey” Comment

Photos: New York Post

Speaking on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, Max Kellerman said “no one really cares about hockey” in the country, adding that it wasn’t one of the four major sports.

On the show, Kellerman said, “I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but in the United States of America, no one really cares about hockey. The old joke is, in every town there’s 20,000 hockey fans [and] they all have season tickets. So the arenas are always sold out, but the TV ratings don’t do anything. It’s not one of the four major team sports.”

Kellerman drew fire from his co-workers as well. Linda Cohn, a longtime hockey fan and proponent of the game objected to Kellerman’s comments.

ESPN has often been criticized for its lack of hockey coverage and as observers pointed out, while the TV ratings for the NHL lag well behind the other three major US sports, they are also significantly better than the numbers for any other sport or league, like the MLS.

For what it’s worth, the NHL’s TV contract expires after the 2021-2022 season, and ESPN is reportedly interested in bidding on the next contract.

This feels like a desperate attempt to generate ratings, but either way, we trust that Linda Cohn will check Kellerman into the boards the next time she sees him in the halls of ESPN.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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5 Responses to ESPN’s Max Kellerman Draws Fire For “No One Really Cares About Hockey” Comment

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    So what sports does Max Kellerman to be in the Top 4: Baseball, Football, and Basketball certainly. But then what? Car racing? WWE? Soccer? Or maybe counts college football and pro football separately.

  2. Scottlew73 says:

    If anyone would know about “Dead Sports” it would be someone who covers boxing!! Can anyone name five current boxers in any weight class!!! Mma has been more popular in last 10 years anyway!! If hockey comes back sooner than “Major 4”, hockey will gain more eyes & fans as a result!!

  3. Bob says:

    Max who?

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